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Legislator PhotoOregon Senate ​Republican Caucus

Fighting for freedom, justice, and opportunity for all Oregonians.

Capitol Phone for the Senate Republican Caucus: 503-986-1950

Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-323, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email the Senate Minority Leader, Fred Girod (R-Lyons): Sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov​

 
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Oregon’s 2021 legislative session will be about recovery. Senate Republicans will be focused on fighting for working families and offering practical solutions for Oregonians struggling from the variety of challenges we face – COVID-19, wildfire damage, getting our kids back to school, reopening our economy, public safety, and ensuring transparency in the legislative process are among our top priorities.

 

 

– Getting Oregonians Back to Work and School, Safely –

The Governor’s vaccine rollout has been less than impressive and her draconian lockdown measures have pushed families and small businesses across Oregon to the verge of bankruptcy and hopelessness. Families have struggled with childcare and online schooling. We cannot allow kids to lose nearly 2 years of education. It was Legislative Republicans that offered liability reform that allowed our school districts to begin reopening. Many Oregonians are suffering from mental health challenges, homelessness, and substance abuse resulting from prolonged social isolation. As Senate Republicans, we will fight for common-sense and data-driven solutions that will make sure these people can safely get back to work, school, and normal life.

 

 

 – Represent Working Families by Fighting Harmful Tax Increases –

While working families and small businesses try to rebuild from the pandemic lockdowns, the Governor and Democrat leaders in the legislature are proposing over a billion dollars in new taxes. The last thing Oregonians can afford is more taxes, they need tax relief. Senate Republicans not only will fight new taxes but support policies that will ease the existing tax burdens.

 

 

– Getting Relief to Victims of Wildfire –

The wildfires of last year devastated thousands of Oregonians. Senate Republicans are proposing common-sense measures to get them relief so they can begin to rebuild, like prorating or canceling property taxes for homes that were destroyed.

 

 

– Advocating for Transparency and Accountability in Government –

The Governor and her appointees have operated with little accountability and oversight. Senate Republicans will continue to shine a light on failures and corruption in Oregon’s government. In 2021, the legislature will tackle two issues that will determine the future integrity of elections: redistricting and campaign finance reform. We will fight for policies that will allow Oregonians to elect their legislators fairly. We advocated for equal Democrat and Republican representation on the redistricting committee to try to ensure fairness but was denied by the Democrat supermajorities.

 

 

– Offering an Alternative to Decades of Failed Leadership –

Democrats have controlled our State Government for decades. Senate Republicans will hold Democrat leaders accountable for continual poor educational outcomes, bleak mental health statistics, increasing costs of living for working families, disappointing public safety metrics, and other dismal delivery of essential government services.